Mage's Mold, also called Mage's Mole, is a small fungus with yeast-like properties typically used to boost the effectiveness or duration of Astral Projection. It is difficult to spot during daylight, but at night it shines with a bright blue luminescence appearing as dotted lights throughout its lichen host. Due to its small size and its need to grow with the poisonous Devil's Lichen when found in the wild the fungus is difficult to safely harvest in sizeable quantities. Due to its yeast-like properties the fungus can successfully be cultivated using brewer methods and incorporated into an alcoholic beer, Astral Beer, exhibiting its same astral projection boosting properties.
Uses, Products & Exploitation
Mage's Mold is highly effective at boosting the effects of the user's astral projection. The wild form of the fungus is difficult to harvest due to its small size and its symbiotic relationship with the toxic Devil's Lichen. As a result the Staghorn Brewery developed a method to use a small wild sample to raise a domesticated stock, which they then use to create a magical beer-like brew which enhances a mage's astral projection. While more of the fungus means a stronger boost to the astral projection, the quantities are typically kept on the lower side due to the fungus' yeast-like fermentation properties.
Symbiotic and Parasitic organisms
Mage's Mold can only be found growing in patches of Devil's Lichen. The fungus requires access to the lichen's own nutrients to grow. It is unknown exactly what benefit the lichen gains from this relationship, but it tends to grow faster and more robust when the fungus is present.